Dodgers @ Marlins August 19, 2013: A Pretty Good Matchup, For Those Who Can Watch It

August 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

marlins_homerExcited to see four games in Miami? Stay with me now, because you should be. Yes, the Marlins are terrible, to the point that they’re completely irrelevant in the eyes of many. But this is not the same team that was getting killed early in the season when they were playing guys like Juan Pierre every day, especially when Giancarlo Stanton was injured. As I wrote at ESPN a few weeks ago, the much-maligned Marlins are building up a pretty impressive collection of young talent, and you’ll see an outfield tonight that features excellent prospects in Jake Marisnick & Christian Yelich around Stanton, who is the oldest of the trio and is still only 23.

That extends to the mound, where Hyun-jin Ryu & Jose Fernandez battle head-to-head tonight and might be fighting it out for the NL Rookie of the Year award if not for the ongoing exploits of Yasiel Puig. (Shelby Miller will also have something to say about that too, I imagine.) Fernandez is only having a better age-20 season than Fernando Valenzuela did in 1981, so think about that for a moment. After Chris Capuano faces 22-year-old Jacob Turner (the prize of the Anibal Sanchez deal) tomorrow, Zack Greinke gets old friend Nathan Eovaldi and his 100 MPH fastballs on Wednesday. Oh, and then Clayton Kershaw continues his charge at the MVP award on Thursday, though it’ll be at 9:40am California time.

Dodgers
Marlins
LF
Crawford
LF
Yelich
RF
Puig
2B
Solano
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Stanton
SS
Ramirez
1B
Morrison
CF
Ethier
3B
Lucas
C
A.Ellis
SS
Hechavarria
3B
Uribe
CF
Marisnick
2B
M.Ellis
C
Mathis
P
Ryu
P
Fernandez

Unfortunately, you’re probably not excited if you live in the Los Angeles area and have Time Warner, because all four of these games are going to be on KCAL. That’s a part of the CBS empire, and the ongoing slap-fight between the two truly evil corporate behemoths — trust me, there is no good guy here, just greedy, awful, evil — means that not a single one of these games are going to be broadcast live to the people who want to see them the most. Better invest in some rabbit ears.

If you are one of the lucky ones to be able to see Dodger baseball this week, you just might see Brian Wilson. The bearded righty reliever has finally been activated, and so Scott Van Slyke makes yet another trip back to Albuquerque. When he does get into a game, it will be his first big league appearance since April 12, 2012.

Finally, yeah, there’s a few different things going on about Puig today, and I’m starting to feel like I need a separate blog just to keep up with him. First, there’s some reports that he basically told Miami media to eff themselves; how serious that was depends on who you believe. I feel like Dodger fans who laugh that off completely do so through Dodger-colored glasses, because being a great ballplayer does not somehow make you a good person; anyone who just shrugs off all the little things we keep hearing and acts like it can never have an effect on the team does so at their own risk.

But if Puig did say that, you can almost understand it, because the other thing today is that Jon Morosi — quickly becoming my least favorite national writer on the planet — wrote about how Puig’s ongoing mental mistakes should get him benched. As usual, Jon Weisman has the most measured response. Benching him seems silly, mostly because I don’t think it’d actually accomplish anything, though I do believe that we can’t ignore that Puig does do stupid things on the field.

Really, why can’t he just learn from the examples of respected veterans like Mark Ellis in a big game that might as well have been the playoffs? Oh.

Image from Chad Moriyama

Image from Chad Moriyama

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